yesterday, i took the wife out to the fall festival...a bunch of craft bullshit (like 9 acres worth), an injun encampment (featuring taiwanese tribal trinkets for sale), a revolutionary war military campsight (complete with fat old rednec...er...redcoats) and...a really big car show.
maybe 10 acres of beautiful automobiles and trucks. and the only reason i am caught dead within a miles of anything labeled "craft".
well, first thing in the morning, a setup crew was trying to get one of those portable construction zone type lights set up...you know, the huge suckers with about 7 big floodlamps on an extendable mast that is connected to a big trailer/base with self-contained generator?
anyway, the setup fools...er...crew fully extended the mast BEFORE erecting it from horizoal to vertical...and promptly tipped that sucker over across the hood and fenders of a custom pickup truck.
the result was not pretty...but, it was costly.
later in the afternoon, some guy decided it was time to leave, hopped into his custom studebaker (with a paint job that probably cost $2000-$3000) and started it up.
next thing you know, he rolled across an open aisle and towards folks setting in lawnchairs behind their custom cars...this was downgrade from where the stude had been parked.
folks screamed and other folks grabbed those folks sitting in their chairs and drug them out of the way of the now accellerating studebaker...lawn chairs and all.
there was hardly a second or two to react!
the stude continued thru an open space in the next row of classic cars with barely a couple inches of clearance on either side! how he managed not to sideswipe those two vehicles i will never know.
still gaining momentum, the studebaker coasted into a second open aisle...well...open except for all the pedestrian spectators forced to run/leap for their lives.
then, the driver of the stude saw her...an old lady in an electric wheelchair! right in front of the next row of classic cars.
he cranked the steering wheel hard right...and slammed nose-to-nose into a cherry 1970 red camaro!
parts leterally flew off both cars as the camaro was driven rearwards a few feet by the impact and weight of the old studebaker.
people were still screaming...but, thankfully no one was hurt.
the brakes had failed on the studebaker and it was going too fast for the driver to jam it into park. you could hear the transmission 'clicking' as the driver tried to force the car into park as it went past us.
dunno if the emergency brake worked or was even tried. this all took place in maybe 3 or 4 seconds.
the stude driver climbed out visibly shaking. the camaro driver, who was not near his car when it got creamed, returned and was also pretty shook up at the damage. the impact speed was probably no more than 20 mph...but, that stude was a tank!
the weird thing was, not 5 seconds before it happened...my wife and i had been in that narrow gap (between the two cars that the stude missed sideswiping), talking to the owner of one of the cars about his engine choice. i'm glad we moved when we did!